A dark, sexy romance filled with wicked pixies, shape shifters and one foolishly brave, but incredibly likeable kick-ass heroine.
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What we thought:

"There's something not right in the sleepy town of Charleston, Maine. Something eerie and something not human."

Ever since her much adored stepfather has died, Zara seems to have become a walking Zombie. Counting, memorising and chanting phobias (she does this whenever she's nervous or afraid), she spends a fair amount of time writing letters to Amnesty International in a bid to save the world - not realizing that she herself is in need of rescuing.

With a freaky guy that keeps trailing her every move, and a highly concerned Mother (who decides to ship her off to Charleston, Maine in the hopes that she'll be safer with her step grandmother, Betty), Zara's life couldn't get any worse.

Not being a huge fan of the cold, Zara hates Charleston the instant she arrives - and things only get worse when she discovers that stalker guy is still pursuing her and keeps leaving an eerie trail of gold dust in his wake.

Of course, not everything is all doom and gloom. With a new and very sexy love interest (who may have a secret of his own), some new found friends, and a fabulously active and loving grandmother,  Zara slowly, but surely makes her way back to the land of the living.

But, with a gold-dust trailing follower shadowing her every move, Zara knows it's only a matter of time before the sleepy town of Maine is once again plagued by a nightmare that's been hounding the town for years.

Only this time, Zara is at the centre of it.

I loved this book.

I first fell in love with the cover, but what really caught my attention was the description of the stalker leaving a trail of gold dust behind.

Naturally I was curious, because last time I checked, even though some vampires sparkle, most of them don't leave trails of gold dust behind - which meant that this book had to be dealing with some other kind of supernatural creature.

Of course, it's not hard to figure out that we're dealing with a Pixie problem here, but what really surprised me was the incorporation of other type of shape shifting characters in the book. I thought the book was well-written and Carrie's description of the snowy and cold Maine landscape is indescribably exquisite.

I also loved how Carrie capably showed how Zara (who I really loved by the way) slowly transforms from being a grieving and mournfully glum teen, to a girl who finds her inner Lara Croft (never mind if being brave equals being foolish and self-sacrificing), and happiness with her new friends and her impossibly sexy love interest.

Zara is genuine and I found myself rooting for the uber cool chick who would love nothing better than to save the world. I think that her interesting habit of memorising phobias is, to date, one of the most interesting characteristic traits that I've come across in a book character by far.

And of course there is Nick.

The very sexy Nick, with a Superhero complex and with a secret of his own.  As a character, I think his introduction in the story was great, but I can't help but feel that there is still more that we've yet to discover. 

I still want to marry him though.

I have to also mention that as much as Zara and Nick stood out for me, I was just as impressed with the rest of the characters (Betty - her gran and Issie and Devyn - her friends) and how well-developed they are.

The plot was fairly fast-paced and even though you could see a few things coming, there were a lot of moments that caught me off-guard. Especially towards the end when the actual reason for the Pixie (he's not the only one around by the way) stalking Zara is finally made known. Definitely didn't see that one coming.

All in all, if you're looking for a young adult paranormal fic with fantasy, mythology, romance and action, then you should definitely read Need.

It's one of my favourites that I've read this year!

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